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08-03-2011, 12:07 PM #1
Apple Slapped With Laughable 'Location Tracking' Fine in South Korea
Apple, one of the all-time most successful and highly-capitalized companies in human history, has been slapped with a fine in South Korea. The news of Apple's "penalty" is noteworthy, however, not so much because of the South Korean government's decision to issue a penalty, but because of the dollar amount of the fine.
South Korea has fined Apple just shy of $3k for what it deems illegal location tracking. Yes, all of $3,000 - although it sounds much worse when currency conversion is employed (3 million won). Given that Apple earned $7.31 billion in its fiscal third quarter, I'm betting the boys and girls in Cupertino aren't sweating this one.
Still, the fine is significant and worth reporting because it could influence regulators elsewhere, as the Associated Press speculated in its report on the minuscule fine out of Asia. Yet, as you can imagine, Apple takes to heart the criticism and accusation that it "tracks people."
"Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone," Steve Park, a local spokesman in Asia told the AP after the ruling was issued by the Korea Communications Commission. Despite the small fine, Apple's legal woes may not yet be over in South Korea. Attorney Kim Hyeong-seok is reportedly planning a class-action suit in a South Korean court against Apple regarding the issue of location tracking.
08-03-2011, 12:18 PM #2
I bet that big payout and those royalties to Nokia are laughable to eh? Apple is already paying for their misdoings.
If you find that amusing, then here's something that will probably ruin your day which would most likely never have been reported on this site.
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08-03-2011, 02:40 PM #3
I might giggle a little bit if this was not already reported a while ago.
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08-03-2011, 06:12 PM #9
Funny how it's only trolling when someone doesn't suck the slimey Apple d!ck.
There's nothing "laughable" about a lawsuit, no matter how much money is involved. Just because they have billions doesn't make it laughable. What....the courts shouldn't fine them because it's such a small amount? We should just throw the law out the window when small fines against multiple-billion dollar corporations are handed out?
You know what I find laughable.....the mere fact that Apple has been through so many lawsuits that their lead patent attorney got burned out and dipped out from Apple. Or just the sheer number of patent lawsuits companies file against Apple which of course homers will just say is out of jealousy rather than the fact that Apple is not the "innovative" giant people try to make them out to be.
And the last time I mentioned the Nokia lawsuit was in the thread about how Apple "surges past Nokia", but in typical one-dimensional fashion the writer (guess who) just happened to leave out the fact that Part of the reason Apple surged past Nokia is because of the patent features they use FROM NOKIA and pay them for. Somehow that little bit of info seems to be left out everytime. Instead some of the writers intentionally leave out certain information that might cast Apple in a negative light......and while this is a sight for Apple product fans......as an Apple product owner......I want to know ALL of the news regarding the company that makes my product......good OR bad.
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08-03-2011, 06:43 PM #11
I don't get tired of the news, but I DO get tired when writers intentionally leave out information to attempt to make Apple look better......if facts are gonna be posted.....post THE WHOLE FACTS. And until they do...I'll take care of the rest no matter how repetitive it becomes.
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08-03-2011, 10:08 PM #15
Thank god people realized RICO is a tool
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08-04-2011, 12:20 PM #19
looks like these guys missed your point rico. maybe you need to dumb it down to their 12 year old mentality level.
you guys talking spam, this "u mad" crap is just as bad if not worse. its too overused to be used anymore. think of something new.
08-04-2011, 03:27 PM #20